The Pope Francisco urged the Catholic bishops to welcome people from the LGBT community into the Church and assured that “Being gay is not a crime”.
In an interview for The Associated Press, Francis criticized the laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust”, as he assured that God loves all his children just as they are.
However, he referred to homosexuality as a sin.
He recognized that in the world, there are a large number of Catholic bishops who support laws that criminalize homosexuality. However, he attributed these attitudes to cultural contexts and said that the bishops must also go through a process of change to recognize the dignity of all.
“Being homosexual is not a crime, it’s a human conditionThey are cultures in a State and the bishops of that place, although they are good bishops, are part of the culture and some have their minds in that culture”, he pointed out.
According to The Human Dignity Trust, at least 67 countries in the world penalize consensual sexual relations between people of the same sex and 11 of them can apply or apply the death penalty.
In addition to declaring those rules unfair, Francis said the Catholic Church can and must work to end them.
“They have to do it, they have to do it,” he reiterated.
“We are all children of God and God loves us as we are and with the strength that each one of us fights for our dignity”, he assured PA.
Pope Francis: “Homosexuality is not a crime”…. The pontiff criticizes the laws that criminalize him, cites the catechism to point out that they must be received and respected and assures that God wants his children as they are @Pontifex_es @AP_News pic.twitter.com/UO7uVeE5m8
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